Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Camilo Cruz

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Camilo Cruz

Article excerpt

Camilo Cruz grew up in a home environment that was deeply committed to social justice. His late father, Richard Cruz, was a Chicano civil rights attorney who dedicated his career to fighting injustices experienced by minorities and poor people throughout California. Cruz's social justice influences have translated to various projects he directs that involve restorative and collaborative justice practices. Since 2001, he has served as the community relations officer of the Los Angeles Superior Court. In this role, he works closely with judicial leadership to develop and strengthen programs like the Los Angeles County Teen Court Program, Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students (SHADES), History in the First Person, Court-Clergy Conference, and many other programs aimed at engaging the community in the administration of justice. Before joining the Court, Cruz was a senior policy advisor to former Los Angeles City Councilmember Michael Feuer. While working for Feuer, Cruz led a task force to create the Van Nuys Community Court, which was the first community court program in California. …

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